Swords Around a Throne: Napoleon’s Grande Armee by John R. Elting soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: Throughout history, few armies have left as great and enduring a legend as Napoleons Grande Armee. In existence for only a decade, this powerful weapon numbering at its peak over one million soldiers from France as well as from varied vassal and allied states swiftly conquered vast territories across Europe and threatened to overrun more. In this outstanding new masterwork, military professional and historian John R. Elting paints an exciting, detailed picture of the fighting force created by the genius and power of Napoleon.
This comprehensive volume examines the inner workings of an incredibly complex human machine. Skilfully drawing on a vast array of historical sources, Elting colourfully brings into focus the life of the Grande Armee: its origins and development, command system, organization, combat arms and services, logistics, weapons, tactics, discipline, and its ultimate collapse.
History as engaging as a war novel, Swords Around A Throne recreates the daily life of the Grande Armees soldiers and leaders and the conditions under which they existed and fought, including rations, pay, mud and disease, mobile hospitals, camp followers, loot, marches, baggage, uniforms, and more. Placing the reader in the boots of individuals, from yard bird conscripts to generals, Elting carries us along the Armees path, through triumph and disaster, in peace and at war. Sharing the experiences of the men (and women) who served in, serviced, and supported this awesome military force, the reader meets the Emperor himself, his extraordinary
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 769 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.